Saturday, March 27, 2010

2007 Twenty Mile Bench

2007 Le Clos Jordanne

2007 Le Clos Jordanne Le Clos Jordanne Vineyard Chardonnay, VQA Twenty Mile Bench

Feeling like drinking a trophy wine. What the hell. What some (including myself) regard as the finest wines in Niagara, Le Clos Jordanne follows Burgundian traditions in a New World context. I adore their pinot noirs, and having some experience with their vineyards and production facilities, I eagerly opened a bottle of their single-vineyard chardonnay, from one of the most blockbuster vintages in Niagara history.

I double decanted for about 3 hours. In the glass, a pale colour. Lots of creamy oak on the nose, some bright citrus fruit beginning to peak out. Some minerality as well. No doubt, this is a 2007 wine - a vintage of great heat and aridity. Texture in the mouth still needs to fill out a bit, ends with booming oak - just a shattering amount of creamy, sweet oak. That's a problem for me. I'm of course drinking and judging this wine far too early. We'll see in 5 years or so. Hopefully, the wood integrates, the fruit blossoms, and the texture fills out.

No doubt a big wine. But an important one? Time will reveal all.

DF

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